My cousin Yvonne asked me to make a cake for her baby shower a few months ago, and of course I was happy to do it! We decided on a vanilla cake filled with fresh whipped cream and strawberries, with a blue whale on top (inspired by her current favorite emoticon). After doing a quick sketch of the whale, I also decided to do blue ombre petal sides on the cake, to resemble waves.
For the vanilla cake, I decided to use the same Sweetapolita recipe that I had used for my son's Spiderman birthday cupcakes this year, except for an 9-inch cake instead of cupcakes.
Once the cake layers were baked and cooled, I whipped up a batch of fresh whipped cream flavored with a hint of vanilla, and also a batch of cream cheese buttercream, which I used to pipe a border to contain the whipped cream.
After filling the piped border with whipped cream, I arranged freshly sliced strawberries in an even layer, and then covered it with more whipped cream.
Then I added my second layer of cake, and then did a quick crumb coat with the cream cheese buttercream.
Then came the fun part - the ombre petal sides! A while ago I found a great tutorial at Hungry Housewife, and since then have done a purple ombre petal cake, an all-blue petal cake, and a camoflauge petal cake as well! They are so much fun to do!
Next, I divided my frosting, colored, and filled my piping bags (fitted with a Wilton #12 tip), and then I was ready to do my petal sides.
Then I was ready to pipe my whale. I started by piping an outline of the whale, then added eyes and the fins, and then filled it in using a star tip.
Then I added a dotted stream of water coming out of his spout, and a congratulatory message to finish it off!
Baby Ethan was born about a month later, healthy and happy! Isn't he adorable? :) Congratulations Yvonne!